There are at least two stories that a sound can tell you: the first is what it is (literally) and the second is what it is to you (figuratively).
When working with people, for other people, what I'm trying to do is help them to realise their goals and their overall creative vision of the project.
It’s probably terribly difficult to do. Perhaps, even, impossible. But if it is desired that the listener listen without preconception then shouldn’t, at least to some degree, the composer, the songwriter - the maker - create without preconception, too?
What does a mime do, really? Are they a fake, or is miming actually, really, a deeply-hidden truth revealed through performance?
I haven’t yet found a shortcut. One might be natural aptitude. Another would be interest; these aren’t shortcuts exactly, but they make the learning seem less arduous.
As a short aside to that, there is an undeniable tendency to get comfortable in the world created for us by others.
Cultivate it in its many forms, fried, deep fried, wet and dry, plain and flavoured, happy and sad, fierce and tender. All the many shades of sound that exist must be within reach.
I am all filled up with beginning because I am beginning. Beginning music, that is. I will begin, and I will post, such details as they are, here. And so the beginning will exist.